Novel Approaches to Anthropology: Contributions to Literary Anthropology

Novel Approaches to Anthropology: Contributions to Literary Anthropology


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This volume of interdisciplinary essays reflect current contributions to literary anthropology. Novel Approaches to Anthropology: Contributions to Literary Anthropology showcases the myriad ways that anthropologists bring their disciplinary perspectives, theories, concepts, and pedagogical strategies to interpreting fiction and travel writing written in the past and present. The authors integrate insights from the reflexive deconstructive turn in anthropology and from critical Marxist and feminist approaches that ground interpretation in the political, economic, and social constraints and experiences of everyday life. The contributors share the view that fiction, like all artistic expression, is rooted in specific historical and cultural contexts. Literature, like all artistic expression, stimulates a critical imagination by allowing readers to take a fresh look at their own society and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498515221
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marilyn Cohen is associate professor of sociology and director of women’s studies at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Cohen is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and book chapters. Her books include Linen, Family and Community in Tullylish, County Down, 1690–1914; The Warp of Ulster’s Past: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Irish Linen Industry, 1700–1920; Reclaiming Gender: Transgressive Identities in Modern Ireland; and No Girls in the Clubhouse: The Exclusion of Women from Baseball.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Chapter 1: Introduction: Anthropological Aspects of the Novel, by Marilyn Cohen
Chapter 2:A Shandean Description of Frakean “Ethnographic Behavior,” by Ray McDermott
Chapter 3: Reading Defoe, the Eighteenth Century Master Story-teller, by Mary Elizabeth Reeve
Chapter 4: “A Genuine Victorian Oddity”: Harriet Martineau’s Fiction, by Marilyn Cohen
Chapter 5: Mark Twain’s Weapon of Mass Destruction: “The Human Race Has Only One Really Effective Weapon and that is Laughter,” by David Surrey
Chapter 6: The Creole Speaks: Daniel, Christophine and the Other in The Wide Sargaso Sea, by John Pulis
Chapter 7: Ethnografiction and Reality in Contemporary Irish Novels, by Helena Wulff
Chapter 8: Engaging Students’ Interest Through Fiction, Memoirs and Film, by Ward Keeler
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